Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It

Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It

by Sundee T. Frazier
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Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It by Sundee T. Frazier

Winner of the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Award, this acclaimed, multicultural book about a biracial boy with a passion for science will resonate with children everywhere who can’t—or won’t—be defined by categories.
Ten-year-old Brendan Buckley is a self-declared scientist: asking questions and looking for answers, but most of all struggling against the overprotective behavior of his parents. Up until now, he has never even met his grandfather—the grandfather his mother won’t even speak of.
A chance encounter brings Brendan and his grandfather together where Brendan initiates a relationship with estranged grandfather, Ed DeBose. While they share a passion for geology, they do not share the color of their skin; Brendan’s skin is brown, not pink like Ed DeBose’s. Pretty soon, Brendan sets out to uncover the reason behind Ed’s absence but soon discovers that family secrets can’t be explained by science.
A winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, this is a novel about a boy learning about race relations and what it means to be a family.

An NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year

"Frazier writes affectingly about what being biracial means in twenty-first century America." —School Library Journal
"Brendan is an appealing character with a sense of honor. . . . A good, accessible selection to inspire discussion of racism and prejudice." —Kirkus Reviews
"Frazier delivers her messages without using an overly heavy hand. Brendan is a real kid with a passion for science and also a willingness to push his parents' rules." —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385904452
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/09/2007
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

SUNDEE T. FRAZIER won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award for Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It and is the author of the highly acclaimed The Other Half of My Heart. Learn more about her and her books at

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Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandson is a fifth grade student. He chose this book for a book report He has been a Tae Kwon Do student for five years and was able to relate to so much in the book. We read the book together.It grabs your attention and you won't want to put it down. We will definitely read other books by this author. Mary W.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Brendan Buckley is into Tae Kwon Do and studying rocks. He would love to be a scientist and faithfully keeps a notebook with important questions and findings. During the summer, Brendan plans on becoming a rock collector. And he is trying to adjust to losing his best fishing buddy, Grandpa Clem.

When looking at a mineral and gemstone exhibit, he meets a man who has awesome rocks and who knows a TON about rocks and minerals. His Grandma Gladys sees the man and yanks Brendan away. Well, what are the odds of this? That man was actually his other grandpa. A man he had never met. And is told to never see again.

Although Brendan doesn't really want to disobey his parents, he wants to know this mystery man. Maybe he could help fill the void left by Grandpa Clem's death. Maybe this other grandpa could teach him about rocks. Maybe he could get to know him and find out why his mom has nothing to do with him.

As Brendan sets out to get to know this man, he has no idea what kind of trouble he may be stirring up.

Sundee T. Frazier has created a likable young boy with unique interests and love for his family. Readers will enjoy his adventures and see past generations with new awareness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished Brendan Buckley's Universe with the wish that I could meet this boy in person. His journey to discovery and forgiveness is inspiring and moving. Brendan faces hard issues of family, prejudice, and the sometimes difficult process of growing up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a captivating book with a wonderful story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand then post this on three other books then look under your pillow
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I LOVE this book soooooo much
Jamil Rehman More than 1 year ago
this book was pretty good.some of it didn't make sense though.i'd still recommend it.